I love Kelly Clarkson.
Not in a “I want you, I need you” sort of way, but in a musician kind of way. I’ve never been shy about my love of pop music, and Kelly Clarkson is a master of the genre. She’s definitely not the type of pop artist that gives you a whole performance a la GaGa or Britney, but she has to subsist on talent, and some solid pop song writing.
Frankly, I don’t really care that she won the first American Idol. I’m probably one of three people in the US that doesn’t watch it, and I really can’t stand it. The one good thing that came out of the show that spawned the Hollywood monster known as Ryan Seacrest is that Kelly Clarkson became a pop star.
But why do I love her?
First of all, she’s got pipes. I don’t think anyone can deny that she’s got some talent beneath all of her pop trappings. Strip all the studio work and the publicity, underneath it all is a girl who can straight up belt it. By now, the music executives know this. The standard Kelly Clarkson Studio Album Formula goes something like this:
6 Songs Written by Songwriters + 6 Songs Written by Kelly + Simple Pop Instrumentation + Kelly Clarkson locked in a studio belting her heart out = Album
That’s the formula, and it works goddammit. Gets me every time. Here’s the thing, she knows who she is, and she doesn’t try to hit you with songs that are complicated with metaphor or tries to do something that she’s not. She understands that she’s a pop artist. She doesn’t try to be 5 things, she’s just great and being one thing. Simple songs like “My Life Would Suck Without You” are straight to the point. What makes it even better though, is that she puts that emotional truth in the song.
For me, music is about conveying truth in emotion. All of the greats can do that. Whether it be the Stones, Miles Davis, or any other great artist, they all do that. In my opinion, Kelly Clarkson not only can hit notes, but she can actually express true emotion and get you to feel the same things. It can be bubbly happiness, longing, or whatever the song may dictate, but she can make you feel it.
Now, we all know she’s put on some weight since she’s come on the scene, but she’s unapologetic about it. She’s never going to be a sex symbol, but screw it. I’m Kelly Clarkson fan dammit.
Now, go listen to “I Do Not Hook Up” all tell me you aren’t smiling and tapping your feet to the beat.
Exactly. Game. Set. Kelly.